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Square named after Semra Ertan

    Semra Ertan (b. Mersin, Turkey, 1956 – d. 1982, Hamburg, West Germany) was a Turkish migrant worker and writer in Germany who, in protest against racism, and more specifically the treatment of Turks in Germany, set herself on fire in a Hamburg marketplace in 1982. As a teenager and young adult she lived in Kiel and Hamburg. She worked as an interpreter and wrote hundreds of poems as well as political satires leading her works to be published in Turkey too. She also wrote about the experiences of loneliness and alienation of immigrants.

    Address : Semra-Ertan-Platz, Simon-von-Utrecht-Straße, Hamburg

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